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Catholic University president John Garvey announces plans to step down…

“I did not foresee how much I would fall in love with it. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as President of this University,” he said.  Garvey described his tenure leading the university as “a time of tremendous growth” that had “reinvigorated our Catholic intellectual life.” During his time as president, Catholic University established the Busch School of Business and the Conway School of Nursing.  “We have greatly increased the wealth of the University by raising more than half a billion dollars and nearly doubling our total assets,” said Garvey in his letter. “And we have made much of this possible by changing our form of corporate governance to ensure episcopal oversight while entrusting the laity with leadership.”  Prior to his time as president of the unive...

In meeting with Jesuits, Pope pillories ‘large Catholic TV channel,’ says ‘some people wanted me to die’ amid health problems…

Pope Francis answered questions from fellow Jesuits in a closed-door meeting in Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava, during his Sept. 12-15 visit to the country. VATICAN CITY — In a private meeting with Jesuits in Slovakia on Sept. 12, Pope Francis said that there were people who wanted him to die after he underwent colon surgery in July. During the encounter, a Jesuit priest asked the pope how he was doing, to which he replied: “Still alive, even though some people wanted me to die.” “I know there were even meetings between prelates who thought the pope’s condition was more serious than the official version. They were preparing for the conclave,” he added. “Patience! Thank God, I’m all right.” Pope Francis answered questions from fellow Jesuits in a closed-door meeting in Slovakia’s capit...

Canadian Archbishop: Only Fully Vaccinated Can Attend Mass…

The New Brunswick rules apply to those 12 and older seeking to attend “indoor organized gatherings,” including weddings, funerals, conferences, workshops and parties, excepting parties at a private dwelling. MONCTON, N.B. — Anyone age 12 or over attending a gathering at Catholic churches, rectories or community centers under the responsibility of the Archdiocese of Moncton must present proof that they are fully vaccinated, the archdiocese announced Friday. The new policy applies to all religious celebrations, Sunday and weekday Masses, baptisms, wedding and funerals, parish and pastoral meetings, catechesis, and social meetings. The archdiocese’s announcement comes in the wake of new provincial government rules set to take effect Tuesday requiring proof of vaccination to access certa...

St. Januarius’ Blood Liquefies for the Second Time in 2021…

The bones and blood of St. Januarius — San Gennaro in Italian — are preserved as relics in Naples Cathedral. NAPLES, Italy — The blood of St. Januarius, patron of the Italian city of Naples, liquefied on Sunday. The miraculous event took place in the city’s Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary during morning Mass on Sept. 19, the saint’s feast day. Before the Mass, Naples Archbishop Domenico Battaglia went to the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of St. Januarius with Msgr. Vincenzo de Gregorio, the chapel’s abbot, and city mayor Luigi De Magistris.  Archbishop Battaglia opened the safe containing a reliquary with a circular sealed vial filled with the third-century bishop’s blood.  The 58-year-old archbishop brought the reliquary to the cathedral’s high altar. During the miracle, the ...

Supreme Court poised to hear biggest challenge to Roe v. Wade in 48 years…

Additionally, the brief asserts that “no changed factual circumstances related to viability exist on this record,” and that “[m]edical consensus and the undisputed facts in the case establish that viability occurs no earlier than 23-24 weeks of pregnancy, precisely the time identified thirty years ago in Casey.” Jackson Women’s Health asserts that the viability line must be maintained because it is the only standard that can consistently be applied by the courts. “There is no heightened scrutiny framework (stripped of the viability rule) that lower courts could administer against the inevitable cascade of abortion bans that would follow if the Court does anything other than affirm” the lowers courts’ rulings that Mississippi’s law is unconstitutional, the brief states. Counteri...

Amid COVID-19 spike in Philippines, Catholic cardinal, 130 nuns test positive…

In a statement released on Sept. 15, the religious congregation said the infections were confirmed after the nuns were tested on Sept. 10. The congregation said that, since Sept. 14, the entire convent located in Quezon City “has been on lockdown” and is “fully cooperating” with health officials. Another religious congregation of nuns, the Holy Spirit Sisters, also reported 22 COVID cases and one death. In one of its convents, which is also located in the national capital, 13 nuns and nine staff members tested positive for COVID; the congregation said that one of the nuns has since died of the disease. A statement by the city’s Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit said it has started investigating how the nuns were infected. The nuns were still waiting to be vaccinated, according to ...

On Papal Flight, Pope Francis Tackles Debate Over Communion for Politicians Who Support Abortion…

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Catholic Church is firm in its stance on abortion because “abortion is murder,” and urged priests to be pastoral rather than political when faced with the question of who can receive Communion. Answering questions aboard the papal plane from Bratislava, Slovakia, to Rome on Sept. 15, the Pope emphatically said that abortion ends a human life and that human life must be respected. Pope Francis holds an in-flight press conference en route to Rome from Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021. Andrea Gagliarducci. “Abortion is more than an issue. Abortion is murder,” Pope Francis said. “Scientifically it’s a human life. The textbooks teach us that. But is it right to take it out to solve a problem? And this is why the Church is so strict on this issue becau...

Pope Francis in Slovakia: ‘Our Lady of Sorrows teaches us compassion for the suffering’…

The pope later met with young people, celebrated a Byzantine Divine Liturgy, and spoke to the minority Roma community in the Luník IX ghetto in eastern Slovakia. Vatican Media. In his homily on Sept. 15, Francis urged Slovakians to follow the example of Mary when she visited her pregnant cousin Elizabeth, living their faith as a mission to be carried out. “For you, the Slovakian people, the Blessed Virgin is a model of faith: a faith that involves journeying, a faith inspired by simple and sincere devotion, a constant pilgrimage to seek the Lord,” he said. More in Europe “In making this journey, you overcome the temptation to a passive faith, content with this or that ritual or ancient tradition,” the pope continued. “Instead, you leave yourselves behind and set out, carrying in your backp...

Christianity without the Cross is ‘sterile,’ says Pope Francis at Byzantine Divine Liturgy in Slovakia…

A large Byzantine cross with three transverse arms hung above the outdoor altar in Prešov, flanked by an icon of Mary, Mother of God, and the Christ the Teacher icon. Vatican Media. “‘We proclaim Christ crucified … the power of God and the wisdom of God.’ So St. Paul tells us, but he does not hide the fact that, in terms of human wisdom, the Cross appears as something completely different: it is ‘scandal’ and ‘foolishness,’” the pope said in his homily. “The cross was an instrument of death, yet it became the source of life. It was a horrendous sight, yet it revealed to us the beauty of God’s love. That is why, in today’s feast, the people of God venerate the Cross and the Liturgy celebrates it.” More in Europe The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross dates back to the 4th century, wh...

Pope Francis visits former ‘Bronx of Slovakia’ transformed by Mother Teresa’s nuns…

The center is simply decorated. On its white exterior wall is a stylized portrait of Pope Francis with the words “We do not forget to pray for you” in Italian and Slovakian. Inside, there are bare and well-kept rooms, with wooden furniture and photos of Mother Teresa everywhere. By the stairs leading up to a chapel, there is a crucifix with the inscription “I thirst” in Slovakian. A crucifix with the words ‘I thirst’ at the Bethlehem Center in Bratislava, Slovakia. Andrea Gagliarducci. Fr. Juraj Vittek, pastor of the nearby Holy Family church, said: “Not only do the nuns go under the bridge, in the most infamous and difficult places, to recover the homeless who need help. They also live in the most extreme poverty, without owning anything. And the homeless feel this testimony as credible.”...

Pope Francis travels to Budapest for International Eucharistic Congress: ‘Let’s Make Time for Adoration’…

‘Dear brothers and sisters, let us allow our encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist to transform us, just as it transformed the great and courageous saints you venerate,’ Pope Francis said in his homily in Hungary on Sept. 12. Pope Francis encouraged Catholics at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest to spend more time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to become more like Christ. “Dear brothers and sisters, let us allow our encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist to transform us, just as it transformed the great and courageous saints you venerate,” Pope Francis said in his homily in Hungary on Sept. 12. “We do well to spend time in adoration before the Eucharist in order to contemplate God’s weakness. Let’s make time for adoration,” the Pope said. Pope Francis is the first po...

September 11, 2001: 20 Years Later, the Nation Has Not Forgotten…

NEW YORK CITY — On Sept. 11, 2001, Father Conrad Osterhout of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal was living in St. Joseph Friary in Harlem on 142nd Street as head of the house.  “The first alarm for us were the people in the street calling out to us,” he told the Register of that tragic day. The friars could see nothing directly, but soon they got confirmation from radio reports. And then a firefighter “rode up to our house on a bicycle, asked for a scapular, prayer and a blessing” as he raced to lend a hand to brother firefighters far downtown. Later that day, when Father Osterhout arrived at Ground Zero with other friars, a gate barring entry to the immediate site had already been put up. The acrid air was filled with smoke and dust, with the friars unmasked. “Standing under a lam...